Earlier I announced new things are coming for Raw Dog Screaming Press — not the least of which is the rerelease of my novel Play Dead in paperback and ebook in the year to come. As proof of their new energy, here’s a sneak graphic that you can dig: the bold cover art by Bradley Sharp for the book, COG by K. Ceres Wright, a cyberpunk title coming in Summer 2013 — debuting the new science-fiction line, Dog Star Books. Ceres was a great student in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program where I teach, and contributed an essay on cyberpunk to Many Genres, One Craft. Right on, dawg.
I will be on hand to sign books at the WVW afternoon event at the Morgantown, WV Barnes and Noble on Saturday, AUG. 25, 1-4 p.m, with the following writers, several of which appear in the book, Many Genres, One Craft.
Writers include: Don Stansberry, Debra Benedetti, Mary Jane Romig, Kevin Murphy, Timons Esaias, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Diane Turnshek, Dave Howard, Barbara Myers, Lily Hamilton.
I’m proud of the alumni, students, and faculty in Seton Hill U’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program for putting this new book together, with profits going to assist Donna Munro, a great writer and fellow member of our community who shocked us all by being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.
The kindle edition of the book was just released today on amazon for just $9.99. Totally worth it, given that it’s got over 700 pages of genre stories in it. I wrote one them (first appearance of my story “The Scraper”) as well as the introduction. There are a lot of folks you’ll recognize in the table of contents… in fact, a large number of them appeared in the textbook I co-edited last year, Many Genres, One Craft.
Please help us help Donna by picking up a copy for your Kindle reader. Here’s the official press release…
Giant multi-author anthology on sale Tuesday, August 7 to benefit cancer fighter.
Date August 2, 2012 Contact: Natalie Duvall firstname.lastname@example.org
Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology entitled Hazard Yet Forward. All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee, Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop.
To aid Munro and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program quickly responded to compile this massive anthology. The book features flash fiction, short stories and even a full-length novella. In total, there are 75 works from various genres, which makes this anthology one that features something for everyone.
Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between. Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominee Lawrence C. Connolly, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur winner Meg Mims, Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner Timons Esaias and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.
About Hazard Yet Forward, co-compiler Matt Duvall says, “It’s an unprecedented collection of stories from every genre imaginable.” This large volume is an electronic book for the popular Kindle platform and is available for purchase through Amazon starting August 7. It’s also reasonably priced. The book will be on sale for $9.99.
More information about the anthology can be found at http://hazardyetforward.wordpress.com. To learn about the unique and exciting Writing Popular Fiction program, please visit http://www.setonhill.edu/academics/fiction/.
If you want to contribute more than just the $9.99, then visit this page from Michael Knost.
Postscript… The book is doing well. Right now, it’s #3 in the amazon bestseller list for short story anthos, right under the works of Poe and the Norton Anthology!
A quick update to note that the massive fiction writing guide that I co-edited last year, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, is now available in an affordable ebook form for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook.
Many Genres has not only swept up an astounding number of industry awards, it also is getting rave reviews from writers who have turned to the book for guidance in navigating their new novels. See the awesome array of customer reviews on amazon.com for the hardcover edition, and I think you’ll see why I am so proud of this book and its many amazing contributors.
Our Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University took over the gymnasium and McKenna Center last night to host a mass book signing, and it was great to see so many new book releases from students, alums and faculty alike. It was fantastic to have two of my publishers in the house — Raw Dog Screaming Press and Headline Books. Here’s a few snapshots from the event. (You can see some from last year here, too.)
Just a brief reminder that I’ll be joining all the alums, students and faculty who are signing books this coming weekend for the In Your Write Mind workshop on the Seton Hill University campus in Greensburg, PA, this coming Friday, 6/22, from 7-9pm in the McKenna Athletic Center.
At the book event (which they’re calling a “Chocolate Covered Mass Book Signing”) on Friday, over thirty writers from an array of genres will be selling and signing their books, including: Kate Martin, Shelley Bates, Victoria Thompson, Meg Mims, Jason Jack Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Lawrence C. Connolly, William Horner, Rachael Pruitt, Scott A. Johnson, Sheldon Higdon, Gary Frank, Maria V Snyder, Patrice Lyle, Michael Knost, Geoffrey Fuller, Sally Bosco, Jessica Warman, J.L. Benet, Lynn Salsi, Lee Allen Howard, Lee McClain, Lana Ayers, Nicole Peeler, Ron Gavalik, Barbara Miller, Kristin Dearborn, Anne Harris, Rachell Nichole, John Edward Lawson, myself, and more. My indie publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press, will be there with copies of my latest book (The Gorelets Omnibus) and launching alum Jason Jack Miller’s new novel (Hellbender). And there will be plenty of contributors to Many Genres, One Craft around to sign copies of the book Heidi Ruby Miller and I edited last year, as well. [We launched the book in a HUGE signing last year at this same event… see my photo coverage of it elsewhere on this website.
Our Writing Popular Fiction MFA summer residency begins this week, and our special guest this term is Donald Maass, agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel. The alums are simultaneously hosting a feature rich workshop with many interesting guests and workshops — they do this every June and it’s open to all writers, but this year their guest will be the publisher of The Gorelets Omnibus, Raw Dog Screaming Press, and they’re being supported by the Horror Writer’s Association. See http://inyourwritemind.setonhill.edu/ for details about their workshops.
Read the official press release at Seton Hill University for more details.
Friday, MAY 25th. 7-9pm. Morgantown, WV
Raw Dog Screaming Press Book Release Party at Monongalia Arts Center
Morgantown Poets is hosting a RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS book release party Friday May 25 from 7-9pm at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC), featuring the debut of Jason Jack Miller’s HELLBENDER and Michael Arnzen’s THE GORELETS OMNIBUS. Arnzen & Miller will read their work, followed by a signing. A limited number of Raw Dog Screaming Press books will be available for purchase.
Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut Streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with special mobility requirements; schedule ahead at least two days prior to the event by calling 304-292-3325, or write to email@example.com. More details available at http://www.monartscenter.com/
Friday, JUNE 22nd. 7-10pm. Greensburg, PA
“In Your Write Mind” Book Expo at Seton Hill University
Arnzen, Miller and Raw Dog Screaming will be available again to sign books at this mass autograph session featuring alums, faculty and guests shared by the Writing Popular Fiction MFA Residency and the In Your Write Mind Workshops at Seton Hill University. More details on the alumni page at SHU and the IYWM website. A large number of the contributors to Many Genres, One Craft will also be available for autographs, including Michael Knost, Shelley Bates, Victoria Thompson, Heidi Ruby Miller, Lawrence C. Connolly, William Horner, Rachael Pruitt, Scott A. Johnson, Maria V. Snyder, and many more!
The signing is tentatively scheduled from 7-10pm in the McKenna Center Foyer at Seton Hill University.
As the writer’s guide I co-edited with Heidi Ruby Miller — Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction — comes to its first year anniversary, I was happy to learn this morning that it just won another book award. Here are the accolades I know about so far:
- Winner, “Business: Writing and Publishing” category, 2012 International Book Awards.
- Winner, “Education/Academic” category, 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
- Winner, General Non-Fiction Award. 2011 London Books Festival Award.
- Listed 5th in “This Year’s Ten Most Terrific Writing Books” by The Writer magazine (Dec 2011).
- Finalist, “Business: Writing and Publishing” category. USA Best Books 2011 Award.
- Finalist. 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
Finalist, SILVER MEDAL WINNER, “Writing” category. ForeWord Review’s 2011 Book of the Year Awards.
I can only thank the contributors, really, for doing such a phenomenal job. Kudos to publisher Cathy Teets and the team at Headline Books for being such a great indie and regional press to work with. They really treated this book well, giving it the over-sized hardcover textbook treatment and high production quality on the interiors. And they’ve rewarded us all with lots of promotion and support, like submitting our title for these industry awards.
But most rewarding are the reviews in the trade and those by fans. If you’ve read the book, please do post a review on amazon, goodreads, facebook or your blog. Heidi and I put this book together to help other writers, and to pay back what we’ve learned from others in the field. Your review is like royalties on that payment. Thank you.
If you are a writer of any genre and haven’t yet experienced Many Genres, One Craft, you should check this book out. Visit the weblog devoted to the book’s many contributors, or buy a copy on Amazon.com or elsewhere. If you want to get a SIGNED copy, we will have copies available at the RDSP Book Party in May, and at the In Your Write Mind workshop at Seton Hill in June, among other places.
That’s Garth Marenghi above, responding to a question about whether the horror genre is dead. I did a spit take when I watched this (as I did with the rest of the DVD).
It’s a childish response (“you are!”) from a faux has-been in the genre. I love it. And yet there’s some nugget of truth here, some wisdom to the comedy. Genre critics have suggested that genres go through stages of evolution, with parody becoming the zenith of a genre (and a sign of its impending doom). Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace television series is to horror what Blazing Saddles was to the Western. And yet horror, I think, challenges the concept of genre evolution…because it never quite goes away.
For one thing, stories about “returns” (from the dead, of the repressed, etc.) are always framed differently than others — they are “from another time” and it is usually one that is a headspace, a dreamspace, more than a social time. Take Night of the Living Dead. It is creepier BECAUSE it is shot using shoddy technology from the 1960s. More akin to nightmare in our brains than high gloss HD special effect films today.
For another, there is always a darkside, a taboo, an alterverse that demands exploration by creative artists. This means that there are emergent forms of fear that artists and writers are exploring and even if we don’t label them as “horror” they are doing what horror creators have done all along anyway: exploring territories that many fear to tread.
So my theory here is that genres don’t die…they just change in ways that sometimes feel, well, scary.
Not dead…just different.
It is also true that sometimes audiences simply turn too cynical to engage or suspend disbelief, but I’m not convinced that has happened to the horror genre — maybe to splatter films, but not to horror stories themselves. In fact cutting through this cynicism is precisely what horror authors must persistently do, and the best ones suprise us by shattering the “safe” protective bubble that such cynical worldviews try to construct. Satires like Marenghi affirms this cynicism, but deconstructs their potency and perhaps simultaneously affirms the nostalgia for genre forms of the past. Usually following a period of fun-making, we get some very serious films and stories in genre. I’m sure you can think of a few…
Snippets of Marenghi are available on adult swim’s website. But as funny as they are, they’re probably not the best. If you can view region 2 dvds, hunt the complete series down (maybe through ebay) to enjoy the entire opus of this dreamweaver. A must-see for genre writers like me.
Garth’s alter-ego is the actor/author Matthew Holness, who has the weirdest (if not the best!) story in an anthology I’ve recommend before, called The New Uncanny.
Pleased to see Holness is now doing another nostalgic love letter to a dead genre comedy soon, The Reprizalizer. Can’t wait to see where it goes…
And here’s a link to my favorite posed photo of Matthew Holness turning the tarot…
If you’re a writer trying to work in popular fiction genres, you’ll like the book I edited last year, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. It includes a lengthy essay by me called “Genre Unleashed” that explores these kinds of issues.
Check out the Alpha Workshop Fundraiser, which is a chance to donate to a scholarship fund for a worthy young genre writer’s workshop and also pick up some excellent science fiction, fantasy and horror-related books and other services. Alpha is a fantastic workshop; I’ve taught there as a guest three times, and every time I’ve visited I’ve been very impressed by the students, who go on to publish and make a dent in the industry.
For their fundraiser, I’ve contributed a signed copy of the how-to book I edited with Heidi Ruby Miller, Many Genres One Craft, to their fundraising auction to support their scholarship fund. BID ON IT HERE. Only a week to bid, so act quick: The auction will run January 13-20.
Here’s info about the workshop itself:
The next Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14-19) will be held July 18-27, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA. At Alpha, students can meet others who share their interest in writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They can learn about writing and publishing from guest authors, including Tamora Pierce and Kij Johnson. Participants will write and revise a short story during the workshop. Applications are due March 1, 2012.